Kohl’s Gets $9 Billion Bid 37% Above Market from Activist Hedge Fund

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    Department store chain Kohl’s Corp received an unsolicited offer from activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP to buy the company Friday. The WSJ report
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    Struggling retail giant Kohl’s pushed back this week’s deadline for final bids to buy the company after several potential suitors bowed out, multiple sources told The Post on Thursday.

    The closely watched sales process, which scared off bidders after Kohl’s delivered weaker-than-expected first-quarter financial results, hit a snag when the company slashed its sales and profit outlook for the rest of the year, citing a decline in consumer spending at its 1,100 stores – even as other retailers like Macy’s report strong sales.

    The company has not provided a new time frame for a possible sale — after rejecting a $9 billion offer earlier this year.

    Any bid coming in now would be for far less than the offer Kohl’s walked away from, sources said.

    “It’s an ongoing process,” that may or may not result in a sale, a source close to Kohl’s told The Post.

    Just two weeks ago, Kohl’s chief executive, Michelle Gass, boasted about the “number of parties who recognize the value of our business and plan” she said, referring to potential investors.

    But “multiple parties” ended up not submitting an offer to acquire the Wisconsin-based retailer, sources close to the sale process told The Post.

    The sources said the entire process could be delayed, possibly until after the next quarter, to give Kohl’s time to stabilize its business, which saw comparable sales decline by 5.2% from a year ago.

    Kohl’s says its sales have slowed down because consumers are being more cautious.
    “This is a sale that needs more time,” an advisor close to the deal told The Post. It “has become a dysfunctional process.”
    Kohl’s declined to comment for this story.

    Kohl’s rejected a $9 billion offer from Starboard Value LP, which wanted to buy the company for $64 a share, or a 37% premium. Kohl’s said the offer was too low. Now, the stock has cratered to about $40 a share. This week, UBS cut its price target for Kohl’s from $38 to $32 a share.

    The company has said in the past that it received interest from some 25 potential investors.

    Those reportedly eyeing the deal included Canadian department store Hudson’s Bay Co., shopping mall giant Simon Property and Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management, along with private equity giants Sycamore Partners and Leonard Green & Partners. Sycamore is still interested, sources tell The Post



    Are you entertained yet P&D’s

    Kohl’s a dangerous minefield of news bombs after hours

    *Sycamore and Franchise Group Submit Bids for Kohl’s, Sources Say — WSJ
    $KSS bounced from a $36.70 low on the initial story and bounced to $43.32 as we speak now up 6.97%


    Kohl’s $KSS 46.00, +3.88, +9.2% after enters into 3-week exclusive negotiations with Franchise Group for possible acquisition of company for $60.00 per share


    Another nail in the Kohl’s saga: (How to screw up a good deal)

    $KSS 29.79, -5.90, -16.5% after Franchise Group negotiations to acquire Kohl’s Corporation have terminated
    #Kohl’s also lowers Q2 sales outlook

    Is $TWTR next?


    Kohl’s (KSS) -18%:

    “After receiving unfinanced proposals to acquire the Company with denominated value from five parties, the Finance Committee, management, and Goldman Sachs engaged with four of the parties, and ultimately engaged exclusively with FRG, whose $60 proposal significantly exceeded the other then available bid. Ultimately, reflecting the current financing and retail environment, FRG submitted a revised proposal at $53 per share without definitive financing arrangements to consummate a transaction, and the parties faced significant obstacles reaching a fully executable agreement. In light of the current financing and retail environment, which has significantly deteriorated since the beginning of the process, the Board unanimously determined that it was no longer prudent to continue its process and that it is in the best interest of shareholders for management to continue to execute the Company’s strategic plan on a standalone basis.”

    The company also cut Q2 sales to a high single digit decline from a low single digit decline.

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